Meet Our Team 11/08/2016
How long have you worked here? 18 years.
What animals do you work with? Parrots/ Penguins/ Incubation and Rearing.
Tell us an interesting facts about you: When my husband and I go bird watching around the world you realise how privileged we are to see a bird and say "I've looked after that" or "I've hand reared that" and with that experience you can educate people. For example, all turaco chicks are born black even though as adults they are brightly coloured.
Why did you become a keeper? I always wanted to be a zookeeper or a vet for as long as I can remember.
What’s your favourite animal and why? Bears- because they are so beautiful and so diverse.
What’s the best part of your job? Working with amazing animals.
What’s the worst part of your job? Lorikeet poo!
What’s been your most memorable moment in your career to date? Hand rearing endangered Echo parakeets in Mauritius, seeing them being released into the wild and finding out some years later that they have become parents themselves.
What’s so special about Chester Zoo? The vital conservation work we are commited to and the opportunities keepers have to travel the world with these projects.
Have you visited any of our conservation projects abroad? If so which ones and what did you do? Mauritius to hand rear Echo parakeets, Mauritius fodies and Olive white-eyes and to Assam to help with the Assam Hathi project.